Ask the Diabetes Educator: Exercise and Diabetes

This post is the first installment in a new blog series about diabetes. Do you have a question about diabetes for our expert? Ask in the comments section below and we will answer it.

Gwen Girdler, RN, BSN, CDE
Outpatient Diabetes Educator
Lexington Medical Center

Exercise plays a huge role in diabetes management. Aerobic exercise and/or resistance training can be as effective at lowering A1C as pharmacotherapy. Aerobic exercise 4-7 times/week for at least 30 minutes has a long list of benefits. A few examples of aerobic exercise include brisk walking, swimming, cycling and dancing.

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Safety is important when beginning an exercise regimen. If you’re taking insulin or medications that can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), test your blood sugar 30 minutes before exercising and approximately every 30 minutes during exercise. That will help you determine if your blood sugar level is stable, rising or falling, and if it’s safe to keep exercising.

Blood sugar lower than 100 mg/dL may be too low to exercise safely. In that case, eat a small, carbohydrate-containing snack, such as peanut butter and crackers before you begin your workout. If you’re new to exercise, ease into it; start with 10 minutes of exercise at a time, gradually work up to 30 minutes a day, with two days of strength training.

Exercise Facts

1) Lowers your blood sugar
2) Improves insulin sensitivity, which means your body’s insulin works better
3) Lowers your risk for heart disease
4) Improves circulation
5) Helps to build and tone muscles and reduces body fat
6) Reduces stress and enhances quality of life

Super Lice

South Carolina is one of several states across the country with “super lice,” a nit that’s resistant to traditional over the counter remedies. WIS-TV reporter Sam Bleiweis interviewed Dr. Jeremy Crisp of Lexington Family Practice Northeast, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice about the pesky bugs – and what parents need to know about nixing the nits.

Wine on the River

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Women of Hope will host its annual “Wine on the River” party at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Stone River on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds along the Congaree River, “Wine on the River” features wine tasting, craft beer tasting, cuisine from Midlands restaurants and musical entertainment from Jim LeBlanc. The event benefits Lexington Medical Center Foundation programs and services.

Ben Arnold Beverage Company will provide a variety of red and white wines. Guests can also sample delicious food from local restaurants including Alodia’s, Bogarts, Café Strudel, Capital City Club, Carolina Café, Delucca’s, Famously Frozen, Ms. B’s, Salsarita’s, Travinia and Whole Foods.

In addition, attendees can learn how to join Women of Hope, a women’s giving circle that is part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Established in 2011, Women of Hope identifies health issues in the Midlands and works to bring about positive change. 



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Proceeds from “Wine on the River” will benefit Lexington Medical Center Foundation initiatives that are important to women and children. That includes the Cancer Care Fund, which assists oncology patients in need with programs and services such as prescription medications, preventative screenings, post-surgical kits and financial resources. It also includes the Women and Children Fund, which provides basic newborn care items, doula education and infant CPR training.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is affiliated with Duke Medicine to provide state-of-the-art cancer care for cancer patients in our community. The hospital diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year, with a breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program also has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.


Each year, “Wine on the River” boasts a sold-out crowd of approximately 700 people and raises nearly $20,000 for cancer services in our community.

Tickets for “Wine on the River” are $40 in advance and $50 at the entrance. To purchase tickets, call (803) 791-2540 or go to lmcfoundation.com and click on the Eventbrite link on that page. Food, wine and beer tastings are included in the ticket price. There will also be a cash bar available.

The vineyard sponsors for “Wine on the River” are L.A. Barrier and Sons Inc., B&T Sand Company, IMIC Hotels, Lexington Oncology and Lexington Radiation Oncology.

Additional sponsors are Apex Financial LLC, BB&T, Burkett, Burkett & Burkett, Carolina Women’s Physicians, Comporium, Event Management, First Citizens Bank, Lexington Orthopaedics, Midland’s Pest Control, Morningside of Lexington, Pathology Associates of Lexington, Peralta Woodworks, Prudential-Coke Floyd, Southern Surgical Group, Stone River, Time Warner Cable, United Hospice and Wingate by Wyndham Lexington.